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The Black Wabbit - R32
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This is showing some of the steps I went though to put a computer in a 04 R32.
It is in chronological order.

I got the new car mid Dec. 09

I knew I wanted to build another computer in this new car.

I began with the planning. Finding out how much everything would cost, and what components would be best to put in the car.

the computer has the following specs:

Touch screen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Xenarc TS700

Motherboard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ASUS ION

Processor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - intel atom 330

Ram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 GB OCZ

Hard Drive - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 250 GB hitatchi laptop drive

DVD drive - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - samsung dvd rw

Power supply - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - M2-ATX

Radio - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - none installed


Parts associated with the car computer.

- USB wifi adapter

- Bluetooth ( built into motherboard )

- USB GPS receiver

- USB enclosure for a dvd drive

- 1, 15' VGA cable

- 3, 15' USB cables

- power wires for the computer ( to run power to, and from the computer )


- zip ties

- electrical tape

- 100% silicone adhesive

- soldering iron and solder

- dremmel

- T-20 screwdriver to take apart the car

The first piece I got was the screen. I took it apart after testing that it works and prepped it for the aluminum bezel.

I glued the bezel on with some clear silicone adhesive.

back side of the screen.

I have been working on the screen movement and it has been a challenge. I have gone though a few trials already but I think I have my final concept that I will be making later on.

I got some of the computer parts. ( slot load dvdrw , nvidia ion board , and a 250gb laptop drive )

I installed windows 7 along with Centrafuse 3.0 and I am doing some testing, and test fitting.

The original thread for the aluminum bezel can be found http://www.mp3car.com/vbulleti....html

As for connecting to the sound I will be using the stock monsoon amp and a converter box that I made.

Here is a wiring diagram for the monsoon converter box that I am using.

And of the box that is already made. The connector has 6 inputs because of one of my old designs. 2 of the inputs do nothing. As you can see, my cat wants to help.

and as for the screen and my plans for it. It will be almost the same as this.


I have been working on the button layout of Centrafuse. Some things are in the wrong place. so i am moving things around. It takes a lot of trial and error. But the end result should be something great.

while i was waiting for the bondo stuff to dry i started working on the bracket to hold my hinges, and screen.

Version 2 had some ply-wood that served the same purpose. but with a different design i had to do something better.

The bracket is a hind of H shape. two grass hinges are mounted horizontally. the screen will be mounted on the end of the hinge that is not connected to the bracket ;)

Took apart the dash. I needed to take some measurements. and test fit a few things.

Ill probably finish the screen hinges and the actuator today. The slot load dvdrw / tilt activator still needs some more work.

I have been working on the screen for the past few days. Its hard to fit all this stuff in there and have it move the way i want to.

All the wires are connected and screen works great.

The actuator i ended up using is from a old cd player. its the arm that moves the lens back and forth. I swapped out some of the parts that used a belt drive and changed it to 100% gear drive. that alone took over a day :banghead:

The screen tilts out further then the last one. and is a stronger design over all.

The main board of the monitor is underneath the radio cage. Connecting the actuator that I made to the LCD screen is some legos to continue the tradition from the previous versions. They are strong and easy to work with when you have moving parts.

I'm still working on the cd rom and activator. Ill probably have it done sometime tomorrow. the paint i used takes forever to dry.

I just finished the screen build.

Here is a video of what it does.


Ignore the gear grinding sound. This part of the build took way longer than expected.

Bad pics, bad lighting, but whatever.

As a project update I got a bunch of parts yesterday and started working on trying to fit everything in the trunk and make it look good.

In the pic we have the case that i will be mostly using. ( ill end up chopping it up and using it for parts ) There is also a usb WIFI, usb GPS reciever, and the power supply for the computer.

I am back from my vacation. The paint has all dried.

I got the final part for my screen Ill install it in the car today.

The circuit board that converted the DVDRW JAE connector to USB was too bug and could not fit with it connected and installed in the dash. My options were to find a new home for it, or move the connector (50 pin JAE small connector) or find a different version of the board.

I was able to find a slim version that didn't stick out the back very much. I move the location of the USB connector so it wouldn't be in the way.

The top one is the new modified board.
The lower one is the old one.

The computer will be mounted on the CD changer rack.

Here is a pic mocked up before welding.

Finished and painted on the bottom. I left it raw on top for the sliver look. The wires will come in though the square hold in the back right and route into the computer. You can see the PCI riser in the back. the X-FI will mount there. and the hard drive will mount between the X-FI and the computer.

I made a cover to hide all the wires and computer. I took the case that's in one of my earlier pics and I changed it into this. It will bolt onto the face of the CD changer rack.

I ordered a new antenna. I am going to see if i can fit the GPS antenna and the WIFI antenna inside it. I don't know if it going to work but we will see.

I got my shark fin antenna I left the FM amp inside. but also added a WIFI antenna.

My last wifi antenna was just a USB card. This time its an actual antenna and works 100% better.

Being that the computer is almost done i should post some pics.

Cover on

Cover off

Computer off

CD tray open

Im working on a User Interface that better represents the car.I have some ideas. but im still working on it. been testing out all the system. GPS works. WIFI works. Music works, DVD works, Centrafuse needs some work( Audio glitches and user interface.)

The computer is DONE, for now.

Took some descent pictures. I need a better camera.

Home page flat

Home page Tilted

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